The Book of Common Prayer
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    The Algoma Liturgy
An experimental Eucharist of the Anglican Church of Canada (1968)




Priest: We are here
People: In the name of Jesus Christ.

Priest: Fellow Christians, when we meet together, we should thank God for his love, praise him for his goodness, and ask him for his guidance. Moreover, the Scriptures urge us to confess openly our sins before God and assure us of his forgiveness. Therefore, let us confess our sins to God.

People: Our Father, you know the secrets of all hearts and we confess to you that we have sinned in our thoughts, our words and our actions. Forgive us we pray; and may the Holy Spirit give us strength to love and live perfectly.

Lord have mercy upon us,
Christ have mercy upon us,
Lord have mercy upon us.

Priest: Almighty God have mercy upon you, forgive you your sins and bring you to eternal life.

The Collect of the Day


Old Testament Lesson
The Epistle
The Holy Gospel—

Read in the midst of the congregation, all the people standing and facing the reader.

Before the Gospel

People: Glory to God.

After the Gospel

People: Praise to Christ.

The Address


I believe in one God ...


Along with the Qu’Appelle Liturgy and the Trail-Rossland Liturgy, this experimental Canadian liturgy was a predecessor of the Book of Alternative Services. It was prepared for use in the Diocese of Algoma (northern Ontario) during the tenure of the Right Reverend William Lockridge Wright (1904-1990, diocesan bishop 1944-1974).



This text was transcribed by Richard Mammana in 2012 from a typescript copy provided by the Right Reverend Dr. Terry Brown, retired Bishop of Malaita (Melanesia).






The Intercession (People Standing)

Layman: Let us pray for the church and for all men according to their needs ... Lord in your love

People: Hear our prayer.

Layman: Direct the nations in the ways of justice and peace, that we may honour all men and seek the common good ... Lord in your love

People: Hear our prayer.

Layman: Support and comfort those who suffer, that they may be faithful through good and ill, trusting in your unfailing love ... Lord in your love

People: Hear our prayer.

Layman: Guide, help and support all those who administer our country: the Queen, the Prime Minister, Members of Parliament, Judges, and others in authority ... Lord in your love

People: Hear our prayer.

Layman: Remember Father, those who have died in the faith and now live in the peace of Christ ... Lord in your love

People: Hear our prayer.

Priest: Grant our prayers, Father, according to your wisdom, for the sake of your Son Jesus Christ, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God forever.

People: AMEN.

The Greeting of Peace

Priest: If you are offering your gift at the altar and there remember that your brother has something against you, leave your gift at the altar and go; first be reconciled to your brother and then come and offer your gift. (Matt. 5: 23)

The people will remain standing as the Priest passes on the greeting to the clergy, servers and congregation by the clasping of hands with the saying of the following words:

Greeting: God's peace be with you;
Response: And with you.

The Offering

Material Possessions—bread, wine, money.

Prayer (Priest and People):

We thank and bless you, God of the universe, for ever and ever. All that is in the heavens and the earth is yours. All things come from you, and of your own have we given you.


Priest: The Lord be with you.
People: And with your spirit.
Priest: Lift up your hearts.
People: We lift them up unto the Lord.
Priest: Let us give thanks unto our Lord God.
People: To him our praise is due.
Priest: It is very proper, right, and our bounden duty, that we should at all times, and in all places, give thanks unto you, O Lord, Holy Father, Almighty, Everlasting God, Creator, and Preserver of all things.

People: Therefore with angels and archangels and all the company of heaven, we laud and magnify your glorious name; evermore praising you and saying:

Holy, Holy, Holy, Lord God of hosts, heaven and earth are full of your glory; glory be to you, O Lord most high. Blessed is he that comes in the name of the Lord; Hosanna in the highest.


People kneel


Priest: All glory be to you, O Father who sent your only son into the world to be a man, born of a woman's womb, to die for us on the cross, that was made by us.

People: He came for us. Help us to accept his coming.

Priest: He walked among us, a man, on our earth and in our world of conflict. He commanded us to remember his death, his death which gives us life: and to wait for him until he comes in glory.

People: We recall his death; we live by his presence; we wait for his coming.

Priest: Therefore, remembering his death, believing in his rising from the grave, longing to recognize his presence; now in this place, we obey his command; we offer bread and wine, we offer ourselves, to be used.

People: Everything is yours, O Lord; we return the gift which first you gave us.

Priest: On the night he was betrayed, the Lord Jesus took bread (here the Priest lifts up the bread in thanksgiving), He gave thanks, he broke it, and gave it to his disciples saying, 'Take, eat, this is my body. Do this in remembrance of me.' He also took the cup (here the Priest lifts up the wine), He gave thanks and gave it to them saying, 'Drink from it, all of you; this is my blood of the New Agreement, which is poured out for the forgiveness of sins.'

People: Come risen Lord, live in us, that we may live in you.

The Lord's Prayer (sung)

Our Father who art in heaven, hallowed be your name, your kingdom come, your will be done, in earth as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread; and forgive us our trespasses, as we forgive them that trespass against us; and lead us not into temptation but deliver us from evil. For yours is the kingdom, the power and the glory, for ever and ever. AMEN.


Priest: The body and blood of our Lord Jesus Christ which were given and shed for you; preserve your bodies and souls until eternal life; take, eat and drink these in remembrance that Christ died for you, and feed on him in your hearts by faith with thanksgiving.

Priest: The body of Christ.
People: AMEN.
Priest: The blood of Christ.
People: AMEN.

Communion Hymns

O Son of God, who takes away the sin of the world, have mercy upon us.
O Son of God, who takes away the sin of the world, have mercy upon us.
O Son of God, who takes away the sin of the world, grant us your peace.


Priest and People: Strengthen for service, Lord, the hands that have taken holy things. May the ears that have heard your word never listen to discord. Keep from carelessness the tongues that expressed your praise; let the eyes which saw the signs of your love behold the fulness of your kingdom; do not banish from your presence the feet that stood in your assembly; fill with new life the bodies fed by your body.


Priest and People: Glory be to God on high, and in earth, peace, good will towards men. We praise you, we bless you, we worship you, we glorify you; we give thanks to you for your great glory, O Lord God, Heavenly King, God the Father Almighty.

O Lord, the only-begotten Son, Jesus Christ; O Lord God, Lamb of God, Son of the Father, that takes away the sins of the world, have mercy upon us. You that take away the sin of the world, receive our prayer. You that sit at the right hand of God the Father, have mercy upon us.

For you only are Holy; you only are the Lord; you only, O Christ, with the Holy Ghost, are most high in the glory of God the Father. AMEN.

Priest: Go, serve the Lord and your neighbour.
People: In the name of Jesus Christ. AMEN.




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